Years ago, Birkenstocks were very much considered fashion outliers. But over the past few years, they've exploded in popularity. After some extensive googling, I can confidently say that it was 2018 when the ultimate "ugly" sandals truly became accepted in fashion circles, which meant Birkenstocks suddenly started appearing everywhere.
Of course, it's more than that. There have been cool, high-profile collaborations with fashion brands such as Proenza Schouler and Rick Owens that have also piqued interest for insiders and shoppers alike. And during the pandemic, these shoes have become the most sought-after in the world. Global fashion shopping platform Lyst marked them out as the second most-searched-for item in 2020.
Although these comfy sandals can be seen outside fashion shows and all over Instagram, if you're still not on board, there are plenty of looks new and old to persuade you. Birkenstock outfit ideas are pretty easy to come by, and they're also incredibly varied, which is great news if you're looking for sandals that have longevity and versatility. Although they're all great, my personal favourites from the below looks are how Alexa Chung's styled hers and the full silver suit. Keep scrolling for these and eight more.
1. White Dungarees + White Shirt
Style Notes: I just love the simplicity of this look. Contrasted with the black Birkenstocks, this is the ideal summer outfit.
Arket Relaxed Poplin Shirt (£55)
ASOS Design Twill Dungaree in Cream (£35)
Birkenstock Arizona Vegan Flat Sandals in Black (£60)
2. Animal-Print Shirt + Straight-Leg Jeans
Style Notes: Just because Birkenstocks can appear simple, that doesn't mean you have to stick to minimalist looks. This tiger-print shirt works perfectly with the blue jeans, and the added black socks with the sandals finish it off.
Ganni Tiger Print Crinkle Satin Shirt (£155)
H&M Loose Straight High Jeans (£25)
Birkenstock Arizona Flat Sandals in Vegan Latte Cream (£60)
3. Striped Tee + Smart Joggers
Style Notes: For a laid-back look, take a tip from Veronika Heilbrunner, who has styled her sandals with smart joggers and a striped tee. A great sporty-but-rich vibe.
Bottega Veneta Striped Open-Knit Cotton-Blend Polo Shirt (£715)
Mango Fluid Culotte Trouser (£20)
Rick Owens + Birkenstock Arizona Leather Sandals (£315)
4. Metallic Suit
Style Notes: On paper, this shouldn't work, but in real life, it looks so ace. It's a great option if you're not a fan of heels but still want to be ready to dance.
ASOS Design Jersey Wrap Suit in Sequin (£60)
Bottega Veneta Beak Medium Leather Shoulder Bag (£1995)
Birkenstock Arizona Textured-Leather Sandals (£145)
5. Printed Top + Trousers
Style Notes: One to bookmark for the high summer months, this is perfect for heatwave dressing.
PatBo Tula Floral-Print Satin-Jacquard Wide-Leg Pants (£478)
Birkenstock Arizona Leather Flat Sandals in Rose Gold (£80)
6. White Co-Ord + Bright Accessories
Style Notes: Maybe you're not quite ready to match your hair with your bag, but bright accessories will go a long way with an all-white outfit. Got for whichever Birkenstocks you fancy.
Theory Menswear Shirt in Good Cotton (£275)
Theory Culotte in Eyelet Cotton (£295)
Birkenstock Arizona Suede Flat Sandals in Black (£75)
7. Printed Shorts Co-Ord
Style Notes: The bright colours of the shorts co-ord mixed with the lilac Birkenstocks make this super fun.
H&M Cropped Linen Shirt (£18)
H&M Linen-Blend Pull-On Shorts (£13)
Dries Van Noten Layered Silk-Organza and Cotton Tank (£405)
Birkenstock Arizona Essentials EVA Purple Fog (£35)
8. Knitted Dress + Jumper
Style Notes: Not everything has to be about the summer when it comes to Birkenstocks. When the cooler winter hits, try a pair of the shearling Birkenstocks and a knitted dress.
Whistles Midi Length Knit Dress (£95)
Proenza Schouler White Label Cable-Knit Wool-Blend Sweater (£395)
Birkenstock Arizona Suede Leather (£115)
9. Floral Dress
Style Notes: For a truly easy Birkenstock outfit, just wear them with your favourite floral dress.
Reformation Ciatta Floral-Print EcoVero-Crepe Dress (£150)
Birkenstock Arizona Leather Sandals (£320)
10. Fancy Trousers + Simple Top
Style Notes: Want to stick to a minimalist colour palette but don't want to sacrifice looking directional? Try a monochrome outfit but add a pair of fancy trousers to switch it up a bit.
Arket Silk Cotton Knitted Top (£45)
16Arlington Feather-Trimmed High-Rise Skinny Jeans (£395)
Birkenstock Black Arizona EVA Sandals (£35)
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